In July 2018, a horrifying video began to circulate on social media.
2 women & 2 young children are led away by a group of soldiers. They are blindfolded, forced to the ground, and shot 22 times.
#BBCAfricaEye investigated this atrocity. This is what we found… https://t.co/oFEYnTLT6z
The video that circulated on social media in July shows some Cameroonian soldiers leading two women and two young children in the northern region of Mayo Tsanaga near Nigeria, One woman is holding a little girl’s hands and the other is carrying a toddler on her back.
The civilians who were accused of belonging to Boko Haram where blindfolded and shot 22 times.
The Cameroonnian government had first denied the footage, calling it “a fake news story” and “an unfortunate attempt to distort actual facts and intoxicate the public.” But using morden technology, the BBC could determine the location of the atrocity. The investigation, identifies the Cameroonian solders with hard evidence.
The BBC arrived at items conclusion with the aid of satellite imaging and a tip off as the location of the crime has a dostinctive topography, it was easily identified. Also, the location of the military outpost just near the crime scene and information from Facebook were integral in fishing out the trigger happy soldiers.
After denying the killings, the Cameroonian government has now ordered an investigation, arrsting seven soldiers who were involved in committing the murders.
“The government has arrested the 7 personnel involved and they are being court-martialed.”
~ Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s Minister of Communication, said on Tuesday.
“When it was first bought to our knowledge we had no proof. We were skeptical because the soldiers acted in a way that was diametrically opposed to all the training and principles.”
~ Issa Tchiroma Bakary.